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  1. 1. Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa Building a Continental Platform for Knowledge Sharing in Africa Dady Demby RAILS Program Officer
  2. 2. Outline • Introduction • Bringing people together • Promoting effective use of ICTs • Facilitating a participatory and dynamic processes • Developing contents • Challenges faced • Conclusion and way forwardForum for Agricultural Research in Africa
  3. 3. 1.Introduction FARA is the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa. • An apex body of agricultural research organisations in Africa. • Primary constituent members: -the sub-regional agricultural research organisations (SROs) & -National Research Institutions (NARIs) across Africa. • Secretariat - in Accra, GhanaForum for Agricultural Research in Africa
  4. 4. NASRO ASARECACORAF/WECARD CCARDESAForum for Agricultural Research in Africa
  5. 5. 1. Introduction cont. • RAILS objectives – Contribute to advocacy for increased investments in agricultural information – Improve the access and contribution by African ARD Stakeholders in the global knowledge sharing – Facilitate agricultural information systems synergies and learning – Build an African platform for agriculture information and learning systemForum for Agricultural Research in Africa
  6. 6. RAILS continental perspective NASRO ASARECA CORAF/WECARD -Jacqueline -Anatole Kone Nyagahima -Alioune MBow -Peter Wamanga SADC/FANR CCARDESA -Molapong -Krishan BheenickForum for Agricultural Research in Africa
  7. 7. 2. Bringing People Together A. Established a RAILS Working Group at continental level • Developed RAILS Work plan at continental level • Defined Guidelines for the functioning of the RAILS learning teams • Defined the features of the eRAILS continental portalForum for Agricultural Research in Africa
  8. 8. 2. Bringing People Together cont.B. Multi-stakeholders RAILS learning teams at national level: 29 national LTs • Jointly developed and implementing action plans at national level • Defined the approach for populating the eRAILS platform at national and sub-regional levels • Populating the eRAILS online platform at country levelForum for Agricultural Research in Africa
  9. 9. 3. Promoting effective use of ICTs • Training – eRAILS – Web 2.0 – Etc. • ICT support: – Computers & accessories, netbooks, server, Internet connectivity • CoachingForum for Agricultural Research in Africa
  10. 10. 4. Facilitating a participatory and dynamic processes• A total of 54 Dgroups communities• Membership: 2307 members• Originating from 102 countries worldwide• Total number of contributions: 3611• Number of discussion topics raised: 12Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa
  11. 11. 5. Developing contents The eRAILS portal Aim: Facilitate information mobilization, sharing and dissemination by African Stakeholders – 43 active country portals – 367 account holders – 575 websites created – 2408 pages www.erails.netForum for Agricultural Research in Africa
  12. 12. Some eRAILS National websitesForum for Agricultural Research in Africa
  13. 13. The eRAILS portal: Visits & pages viewed : July 2009 - Oct 2011Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa
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  16. 16. 5. Developing contents cont. eRAILS 2 General objective: to mobilize farming communities and farmer advisory service providers to formulate questions so that agricultural experts can give practical answers to farmers’ immediate information requirements. • Key outputs o Produced a sensitization video o Selected first group of countries and established implementing teams o Organized national facilitators workshop o Launched implementation of activities within selected countries o Established a project website: http://www.erails.net/FARA/erails2/erails2/Home/ • Involvement of Youth 05/26/12 16 1605/26/12 for Agricultural Research in Africa Forum 16
  17. 17. 6. Challenges faced • Low awareness of the importance of information and knowledge for development • Lack of clear ICM policies and strategies • Low levels of funding for information and knowledge management • Delay in the procurement of internet connectivity & ICT equipmentForum for Agricultural Research in Africa
  18. 18. 6. Challenges faced cont. • Weak collaboration between RAILS & DONATA stakeholders in several countrie • Insufficient human resources in ICM • Low levels of connectivity to internet • Lack of culture for documenting information • Unwillingness to share informationForum for Agricultural Research in Africa
  19. 19. 7. Conclusion 1. Bringing people together: – is key in designing the RAILS agenda at all levels – Has been crucial in defining guidelines for effective functioning of RAILS – Is playing a key role in driving the implementation of the RAILS programme – Is playing a key role in mobilizing stakeholders • Contributed to strengthening stakeholders capacities in key areasForum for Agricultural Research in Africa
  20. 20. 7. Conclusion cont. 1. Sustaining our achievements through – Country focal persons – Institutionalization – Training, capacity strengthening – Alignment/Embedding activities – African youths – Decentralization 2. Still challenges and need for scaling-out and strengtheningForum for Agricultural Research in Africa
  21. 21. 7. Way forward • Scaling out the implementation of platforms for knowledge sharing (Dgroups & Learning Teams) • Linking researchers to farmers: eRAILS 2 • Establishing the African cloud system • Promoting the development of ICM policies and strategiesForum for Agricultural Research in Africa
  22. 22. Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa Thank you www.erails.net

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